Integral Man

Presented in cooperation with Ottawa Architecture Week

Integral House is an architectural marvel in Toronto built by Jim Stewart, a music lover who made a fortune writing calculus textbooks. Integral Man, by director Joseph Clement, functions as both an inspiring tour of the home and a moving profile of Stewart, who gave architects Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe only two conditions: that the house have curves, and a performance space.

Poster for the architecture documentary Integral ManThe home is stunning in every detail, from a staircase made of blue glass to a curved handrail wrapped in leather. Architects rave about the project, and friends sing Stewart’s praises, all while a meditative score lulls you into a trance. We see Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman performing in the house and the joy on Stewart’s face as he listens. There isn’t a critical word voiced in the film – about the house or Stewart. But that’s fine. This isn’t meant to be a critique; it’s a loving portrait.

– Dave McGinn, The Globe And Mail

Presented in cooperation with Ottawa Architecture Week, Sept. 25 to 29. Regular ByTowne prices apply.
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